DR PAUL ENENCHE MARKS GOLDEN JUBILEE IN ACCOLADES
The senior pastor of Dunamis Int’l Gospel Center, Dr Paul Enenche staged an elaborate ceremony marking his 50th birthday in Abuja amidst accolades, tributes, cheers and encomium. The clergy although coming belatedly, commemorated the special day of his life which is officially June 4, annually on Monday, August 13 at the Lord’s Garden, Airport Road Abuja. Present at the august occasion were men and women from all works of life, including the vice president, Yemi Osibanjo, the honourable Speaker House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, the Executive governor Akwa Ibom State, Mr Udom Emmanuel and his Benue counterpart, Gov. Samuel Ortom, PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, Elder Orubebe, former minister of Niger Delta. Still on the list was former senate president, Anyim Pius Anyim and his information counterpart, Professor Jerry Gana, honourable Labara Maku. Former minister of Interior, Abah Moroh, former director general Nigeria Pilgrims board John Kennedy Okpara, Major General John Enenche and Lawrence Onoja rtd. Counting further was his His spiritual father and Bishop of the Living Faith Church, Bishop David Oyedepo who led the crew of clergy amongst other distinguished bishops and pastors across the nation including the primate of church of Nigeria, Arch Bishop Nicholas Ogwu, Bishop David Abioye, Prophet and Pastor Emmanuel Kure, Rev. William Okoye, Pastor Goodheart Obi Ekwueme, while former President Yakubu Gowon and Pastor E.A Adeboye were ably represented. It was a glamour as some of the distinguished participants took the turn applauding the lofty spiritual influence and accomplishments of Dr Paul Enenche at 50.
Bishop David Oyedepo, Bishop of the Living Faith Church worldwide appreciating the significance of the occasion spoke on the values of thanksgiving, quoting Jeremiah 13:15. The bishop observed that giving thanks to God brought blessings, multiplied blessings and perfected the blessing. He enjoined the body of Christ to embrace the virtues of thanksgiving as a way of life to experience the multiplied blessing of God because according to him, Christianity was an adventure not a destination.
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state speaking at the occasion applauded material intervention from Dunamis Int’l Gospel Center for Benue state during many of her crises including floods and herdsmen killing that rampaged different nationalities in the state not too long ago.
Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom state while appraising the church observed that a casual visitor to the city of Abuja would assume that everyone was a member of Dunamis church due to its huge membership base in the FCT. The state governor acknowledged Dr Paul Enenche as his spiritual father not by virtue of age but by overwhelmingly imparts and influence not just limited to the members of faith extraction but the sovereign nation of Nigeria in general.
The honourable Speaker House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara in his turn appeared comical in attempts to clearly describe their teenage days and spiritual adventure in the University of Jos, Plateau State with Dr Paul Enenche as fellow members of the Fellowship of Christian Students (FCS). The speaker observed that only a few people knew the celebrant more than he did, while he expressed shock over his numerous achievements at 50 quoting the statement made by the late Dr Myles Munroe that the excess of life was not in longevity but in donations.
Vice president Yemi Osibanjo, though overwhelmed but in his gentle characteristics appeared economical with words and reserved the word ‘father’ as the Acting president of Nigeria pouring tributes to Dr Paul Enenche acknowledging his spiritual influence, contributions and significance not just in the body of Christ as a pastor but to Nigeria as a sovereign nation.
Dr Paul Enenche speaking in summary of the ceremony appreciated the presence of his father in the Lord, bishop David Oyedepo and humbly submitted that the significance of his birthday was the fact that he was not meant to be alive, recounting over ten tragic experiences that could have tampered with his existence as a human but for divine intervention. According to the man of God, he was almost miscarried in pregnancy and eventually delivered at home without doctors or nurses which could have exposed him to deadly infections as a baby. He convulsed as a teenage boy, dragged to the run way by notorious drunkard and abandoned to be ran over by vehicles and many more near death experiences countless to mention. The man of God rounded off with a resounding orchestral with the team of choir and instrumentalists eulogizing the beauty and awesome wonders of God in his life at 50.
His wife and ministerial partner, Dr Becky Paul Enenche while passing the votes of thanks and benediction appreciated the mammoth crowd of participants at the occasion and enjoined everyone to feel free with party items including assorted foods and beverages. She asked for divine protection and guidance for everyone back to their various destinations.
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS AT THE 50TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION OF DR. PAUL ENENCHE: A CELEBRATION OF THE RAW ACTS OF GOD IN THE LIFE OF A MAN BORN WITHOUT A ‘STOP’ BUTTON.
It was an epoch-making event at The Lord’s Garden, Abuja as dignitaries from different walks of life gathered to celebrate the Grace of God at work in the life of the Celebrant, Dr. Paul Enenche.
Dr. Enenche who turned 50 on the 4th of June 2018 took out yesterday the 13th of August to mark his birthday belatedly. In attendance was Bishop David and Pastor Faith Oyedepo, Bishop David and Mrs Mary Abioye, Acting President Osinbajo, Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, Primate of Church of Nigeria in the Anglican Communion, Anyim Pius Anyim, Yakubu Dogara, Honorable Speaker of the House of Representatives, Executive Governor of Benue State and his wife, Dr. and Dr. Mrs Samuel Ortom, Apostle Emmanuel Nuhu Kure of Throneroom Ministries, Pastor and Pastor Mrs. Goodheart Obi Ekwueme, Prof and Mrs Jerry Gana, Pastor Ntia Ntia of Full Life Christian Church, Ejembi Eko (JSC) and Uche Secondus, among others. The General Overseeer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God was ably represented.
The Celebrant was indeed grateful to God as he recounted at least 10 near death experiences he faced and overcame from his formative stages in the womb of his mother – from an alleged miscarriage, to refusal to admit his mother when she was in labour so that she birthed him on the bare floor and cut the umbilical cord without any supervision, to chronic convulsions as a child among others. He submitted that his being alive is clearly an work of Grace. As if to confirm our suspicions, he mentioned that he had no plans to celebrate his 50th Birthday, but upon counsel from his Spiritual Father that Age 50 is a milestone that should be celebrated to appreciate God for his goodness, he agreed to a birthday celebration.
Delivering the Keynote address, The Presiding Bishop of Living Faith Church Worldwide referred to the proofs in the life and ministry of the celebrant as “Raw acts of God.” He emphasised the importance of makingl timeous thanksgiving a lifestyle; and the fact that 50 is in no way an “Old age”, because “You are as Old as you think”, and that the Law of Diminishing returns does not apply to Children of God because “The path of the just shines brighter and brighter till Jesus comes. He concluded his message by pronouncing the Blessing of God upon the Celebrant and His family; insisting that the Celebrant has “seen nothing yet.”
It is worthy of not that all the hymns sung by the choir for the event were received and written by The Celebrant, Dr. Paul Enenche.
Goodwill messages were received by individuals and representatives of groups whose lives and ministries have been positively affected by the Celebrant. Worthy of note was the recorded goodwill message from Bill Winston of the “Believer’s Walk of Faith” who mentioned that Dr Enenche “set the church on fire” and that the members of his church went on and on about his ministration months after he was invited to preach at the International Faith Conference in 2017. Pastor E. A Adeboye also, in an endearing tone conveyed his Goodwill message via audio; raining prayers and congratulations on the beloved celebrant.
The meal was blessed by Bishop David Abioye, and the cutting of the gigantic cake which was modelled after the Glory Dome was anchored by the Mother In The Lord of the Celebrant, Pastor Mrs. Faith Oyedepo. Prayers for the nation was led by Apostle Emmanuel Kure.
In his speech, The Speaker of The House of Representatives mentioned that his paths crossed with the celebrant in the 80s as members of the Fellowship of Christian Students in the University of Jos; and he is not surprised at where God has placed him on account of his faithfulness to the call of God upon his life.
Referring to the celebrant as “my dear brother”, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo who considered himself deeply honoured to be present showered prayers on the Celebrant, and stated emphatically that Dr. Enenche owes an enormous responsibility to this generation.
The ever smiling Dr. Mrs. Becky Enenche gave the Vote of Thanks, and Bishop Abioye led the Closing Prayer. The National Anthem was sung, and a praise session ensued. Standing close to the exit, the celebrant thanked the guests for honouring his invitation as they left for their respective places of abode.
From all of us at Church Gist, we wish Dr. Paul Enenche many more years of Impact and Influence for the expansion of the Kingdom of God here on earth, and for the benefit of Humanity.